Face shields mandatory in city: VM

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Aside from face mask, the proper wearing of face shield in public places is now mandatory in Bacolod City.

            Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod passed City Ordinance No. 944 requiring the mandatory use of face shields in certain places in the city on October 28 and approved by Mayor Evelio Leonardia on November 3, a press release from the city said.

            CO 944, or the “Face Mask, Face Shield, and Social Distancing Ordinance of Bacolod City” amended Sections 1, 2, 3, and 6 of City Ordinance No. 926 series of 2020, or an Ordinance requiring mandatory use of face mask and observance of social distancing in all public places in the City.

            Section 3 of CO 944 states that all persons in public places shall be required to wear face masks properly. The same shall be required even of occupants inside public or private vehicles as well as of persons inside private offices/places where the general public may be allowed.

            In addition to the mandatory use of face masks, face shields shall be used while inside supermarkets, public markets, malls, venues for meetings (private or government service initiated); venues where private or government services are provided; all enclosed offices or establishments doing business; public transportation or public utility vehicles and enclosed work places.

            All persons shall observe social distancing in all public places, public or private vehicles, and private places where the public may be allowed.

            On the other hand, Section 4 states that any person who fails to wear properly the required face mask and face shield, or observe the mandated social distancing, as defined under this ordinance, shall be penalized with a fine of P200 or eight hours of community service for every violation.

            Community services shall be supervised by the City Health Office in coordination with the barangay where the violators reside. If not a resident of Bacolod City, the violator shall be penalized with a fine of P300.

            A citation ticket shall be issued to all who will not comply with the ordinance, who then shall be informed of their violation and penalty. When a citation ticket is issued to a violator, the violator shall be made to report by the apprehending authority to the City Treasurer’s Office or its duly authorized collection agent, within 24 hours from issuance.

            The violator may either pay the fine or manifest to render community service.*

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